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Russians in America

Russians in America

by Alison Behnke

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Children's Literature
As with many books about immigrant peoples, the photographs of actual families and individuals who chose to make the hard trip from their country of origin to the United States are what will make this book so compelling for students. Part of the "In America" series which includes titles about immigrant groups from more than a dozen nations, this book focuses on the special hardships and contributions of Russian immigrants. Topics covered in the book include background material about Russia, the various reasons why people chose to emigrate from there, the lives of hardship that the immigrants lived once they came to the United States, and the numerous contributions these immigrants subsequently have made to the United States. The author divides Russian immigration into four waves, each covering a different time period and each as a result of different reasons. In studying these waves of immigration, much world history can also be learned especially as it was influenced by Russia. Excellent photographs and drawings bring the people, both unknown and famous, to life. The book contains the regular research tools, such as a glossary, an index, maps, places to visit and additional print and internet resources. The series is also supported by its own website with up-to-date information and downloadable pictures. The format of the book, which includes numerous sidebars and an intermediate-grade reading level, will make it valuable to any students studying multicultural aspects of U.S. society and especially interesting to any students of Russian descent. 2006, Lerner Publications, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sheryl O'Sullivan
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-These series entries describe life in the homeland and the conditions causing emigration, the immigrants' arrival and reception in North America, and their settling in but still responding to the 20th-century turmoil in their native lands. The attractive format features black-and-white and full-color photographs. Boxes showcase quotations or elaborate upon various topics. A traditional recipe is included. However, East Indians incorrectly states that most Indians are vegetarians. Russians suffers from several blatant errors: emigrants traveling to the U.S. from Leningrad or Moscow via Vladivostok on the Pacific coast go eastward, not westward. The skyrocketing numbers of immigrants passing through Ellis Island after its 1892 opening certainly included Russians and other Europeans, but not Chinese. Their immigration, through West Coast ports, effectively ended in 1882 with the Exclusion Acts and resumed only after World War II. The biographical sketch of George Balanchine does not mention his founding of and longtime association with the world-renowned New York City Ballet. It's unfortunate that these errors or omissions were not caught.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
In America Ser.
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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